1 Jul 2017 – 9 Jul 2017

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The Lowry

Manchester, United Kingdom

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Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy reflects on the experiences of people who left their homes during the Partition of British India in 1947, the largest mass migration ever witnessed.


This immersive installation puts a human face on history, understanding what it means to find and feel at home.

HOME1947 is centred on a series of short films featuring families in India and Pakistan, who were among more than 10 million people displaced by Partition. The films see ‘home’ through the eyes of migrants who left their homes and never returned – ‘home’ as a physical place, but also as a concept, an ideal, a shared tradition.

This moving installation will also feature an elegiac reimagining of a pre-Partition house in British India – a recreation of the sights, sounds and smells of what once was home, drawn from the memories of those displaced by history. HOME1947 will bring to life 70-year-old experiences of displacement, as the refugee crisis continues to affect millions across the world.

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy


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